Postcode 2067: Chatswood

Dumplings, Brazilian BBQ chicken, Udon, Asian grocers, Chatswood is your one stop shop for all of these things and more!

A few weekends back, indulgence was on the menu, as I ventured out to the suburb of Chatswood to meet my friend Viv who frequents the area on a daily basis. I must say I am not a very familiar with the suburb, so having her was so key to uncovering some great eats, popular with the locals, and now popular with me. I left feeling super happy after a day of eating & exploring with a good friend - but I mean that’s pretty much my ideal day.

Chatswood is one of the major hubs in the North Shore, and is popular amongst many for its asian cuisine options. It has many small malls scattered around the suburb, which are filled with endless food stalls and options, but stick with us and we will point out the best ones.  Chatswood has some great pedestrian only access streets, so we set off like the great explorers that we are to get some food in our bellies( plus we could justify a few extra bits of food along the way if we were on foot!)

Enjoy this guide, which myself and Viv have carefully put together, to make your day of eating in Chatswood that little bit more special.

Use our hand-drawn map to guide you through the streets over yonder (the bridge).

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1. Mamak - Shop P9, 1-5 Railway Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067

Mamak is one of my favourite eateries in chinatown, for both its price and taste. So I was so happy to see the sister store awaiting me away from the Chatswood bustle.

Famous for their roti, you can watch the staff flip the Malaysian delight before your eyes with the greatest of ease. With a variety of sweet and savoury you can never make a bad choice at Mamak, it is all good!

We went for the sweet variety ( Roti Bom), served with the famous Malaysian Cham a half tea half coffee combo with a touch of  condensed milk, yes please! The kitchen takes pride in the technique of making the traditional beverage with their high angled pouring from one cup to another, and it warms the belly on a cold winters day.

Other recommendations: Roti Canai the original roti served with 2 curry sauces, Kari Ayam (chicken curry), Ayam Goring ( Malaysian-style fried chicken)
 

2.  Tim Ho Wan - The District -2067, 1 Railway St, Chatswood, NSW 2067

The district is a fairly new addition to Chatswood and is a complex found above Chatswood station, with a number of eateries ( Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese). Of note is Tim How Wan famous for their soft and belly warming Pork buns, beware of their lunch rush which doesn’t seem to cease even after lunch. This place is hot hot hot!

3. New Yen Yen Supermarket - Shop 1, 2 Endeavour St, Chatswood, NSW 2067

 
If you need to stock up your pantry, this is the place. From fresh veg, to bulk size soy sauce, to industry size woks New Yen Yen has you covered it is one of the biggest Asian groceries in Sydney, and it is so fun!

I could have spent days in here picking and choosing the variety of spices, teas & cute homewares, but alas we had to keep it moving because there is only so much time to eat and explore.

As we ventured through the aisle’s Viv pointed out her favourite rice paper roll brand ( the one with the red rose on it), which she says makes for the perfect rice paper roll because of its texture. I will be coming back here for sure.

4. New Shanghai  Lemon grove shopping centre,  Shop 20, Lemon Grove Plaza 427 - 441 Victoria Ave Chatswood, NSW 2067  /// Chatswood Chase, B38, Chatswood Chase 345 Victoria Avenue Chatswood, NSW 2067

New Shanghai is so popular in Chatswood, there are two in the same suburb! The Chatswood Chase restaurant has superior decor, so if you are trying to impress head here. But I fully encourage you to go to the original in the Lemon Grove Centre which is the original shopping centre which stood in the 70s long before the Westfield was there. You get that slightly dingy feeling, but the food is so so good and it feels to be taken back in time for one meal.

I would have eaten the whole menu, but as I had to pace myself for all the food ahead we opted for two dishes, the shepherd’s purse & pork wonton tossed in a  peanut butter, red chilli oil & spice sauce which go for a cool $11.50 and  the soft handmade Shanghai noodles with shredded pork & veg for $9.90. Another favourite here Viv assures me are the steamed pork belly buns, so we will have to return to try these, you get two at the bargain price of $6.

Again New Shanghai sees an influx of customers at lunch, but it is also open for breakfast so if you feel like a morning dumpling fix you know where to head!

5. East West Gourmet - stall No. 204, Level 2, Mandarin Centre, 61-65 Albert Avenue, Chatswood, NSW 2067

East West Gourmet found in the food court of the Mandarin Centre, has some of the best Hainanese chicken rice in town and has quite a following in Chatwsood. For those unfamiliar with the dish, it is a steamed piece of chicken served in a sweet soy sauce with fragrant chilli, garlic, ginger and vinegar lingering over the top, with a side serving of ginger infused fluffy rice, of course. The dish is an adapted Chinese dish, from the province of Hainan and is now considered to be one of the national dishes of Singapore. East West Gourmet serves up the popular chicken dish for a cheap $9, and you can guarantee that it will taste good every time.

6. M&G butchery - 24 Spring St, Chatswood NSW 2067

Viv tells me her dad always requests that his pork be bought from M&G butchery. This means it comes highly recommended, because Mr. Luu’s pork dishes are always on point.

7. Tim’s BBQ - 21 Spring St Chatswood NSW

Following on from the last recommendation Viv tells me her dad always requests that his duck be bought from Tim’s BBQ. Mr. Luu may be a man of tradition, but I trust him on this one.

8. Din Tai Fung  -1 Anderson St, Chatswood NSW 2067

Coined “the world’s tastiest dumpling” you will not be disappointed. At Din Tai Fung, every dumpling is handmade before your eyes and is made to measure precisely 4.8cm and 5.2 grams in weight. The first Din Tai Fung started as a humble stall in 1974 in Tapai and has grown to be one of the most popular dumpling bars in the world.

Things that shouldn’t be missed on the menu are the, Xiao Long Bao the traditional steamed soup filled dumpling which comes in a bamboo basket of love. The Dan Dan Noodle with a sesame sauce which is good for those looking for something non spicy, a heavenly combination which keeps us happy for days. Another one of my favourites is the vegeterian delight salad with a mix of seafood noodles and tofu in a delicious vinaigrette this is one everyone will fight over.

There's usually a wait in Din Tai Fung ( it happens all over the world!), but it is worth it when you have the first morsel of Xia Long Bao burst in your mouth.

9. Marukame Udon -  332 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067

Marukame Udon is a Japanese delight with a wide selection of handmade and well priced udon, make your way through the tempura bar and you will feel like you are in Tokyo. Good flavours, cheap and cheerful.
 

10.Khao Pla -   Shop 7/370 Victoria Avenue Chatswood.

Feel like Thai? Khao Pla is the destination you should pop into your google map. The kitchen is manned by renowned chef Pla Rojratanavichai and is known for their fully flavoured dishes and excellent atmosphere. Khao Pla achieves that “breathe of the wok”  or “Wok Hei” as is known in Chinese culture, meaning you get the fleeting seared taste of the well used and seasoned wok. A perfect balance of heat, oil and water for this process to be achieved and we think that Khao Pla does just that.

The usual suspects of Pad See Ew & Pad Thai are served but their speciality are the twice-cooked tamarind pork ribs with palm sugar. Can I get a hell yeah? Infact you probably will get a few of those as you eat at Khao Pla, with the 90s hip hop playing in the background making for the perfect east meets west ( hip hop coastal joke implied).
 

11. Pappa Rich - 63A Archer St, Chatswood NSW 2067

With an abundant Malaysian menu, Pappa Rich is a classic in the Chatswood area with an abundance of stores around Australia. A great place for a catch up with friends & perfect for big size groups or family’s with young children (there’s even a play pen!). Popular dishes at the spacious Pappa Rich include the Chicken laksa which is seriously flavoursome, as well as the popular chicken curry roti. Wth an extensive drinks menu, the Tropical ice blend is one of the favourites of Pappa’s delicious concoctions.

 

12. Chicken & Sons - 228 Victoria Avenue Chatswood 2067

Last but definitely not least, venturing a little further away from the hustle and bustle of Chatswood this shop is a modern take on the classic Aussie chicken shop and it is so good you mustn’t miss it. With Adam Spencer manning the kitchen, he is a gun through and through and Chicken & Sons is a true testament to that.

The chicken is prepared to absolute perfection with a crispy skin and moist and tender meat. The team brines, dries & then cooks the beauties over coals on a rotisserie, making for the juiciest bird you have ever tasted.

But the fun doesn’t stop there, Chicken & Sons has some killer sides, with fresh salads prepared daily. I’m talking beetroot with a pepita chocolate and vinegar dressing ( yes chocolate!) and some classics like the Caesar and so much more! They also offer hot sides which change based on seasonal veg, and some naughty but oh so nice specials like Truffled Mac n’ cheese with oozing mozzarella and stuffed capsicums filled with couscous.

As if we needed more things to brag about, this gem of a restaurant is BYO and also offers burgers of the chicken variety of course, but pork belly and beef also make an appearance. Plus if you have a sweet tooth there's pannacotta with a fruit compote and a tray bake of the day.

I hope you enjoy the adventures we have brought you, big thanks to Viv for being my guide.
From The Table Top x